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                                       PM Industry Symposium 2016

 

 

Mr. Vijay Paul started the PM Industry Symposium for Engineering & Construction on “Excellence in Construction Project Management” with the welcome address and shared the challenges PMs face these days including environmental factors. He touched upon the point that PM should get out of all the constraints. 12% of cost invested in project goes waste because of poor project management. Even if a small (of about 3%) cost saving is generated by applying good project management practices will make the good impact for the entire nation.

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Mr. B.S. Sudhir Chandra kicked off the event with inaugural address as Chief Guest. He spoke about the primary goals for the project managers to deliver the project in economical way within time and low cost with high standards. Delegation of powers is important.

 

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Chart and plan the requirement at the right time. Managing 5M's: Men, Machines, Materials, Money, Methods are important for successful Project Management. Money management is tricky as investments are high but is possible with good planning. Project leaders should be tactful and get best of their man power and resources.

 

Key practices which Bangalore Metro Railways applied while managing the projects are:

• No hierarchical ladder but lean organization. All Chief Engineers work from Sites.

• Solve the problem of contractors then and there.

• Laboratories to test finish work at the early stage.

• Trust based Payment to vendors as they want prompt payment. 80% of the payment on the face of bill by RTGS with no check on bills. Check later - the detail checking is done for 20% of the bills. If false, contract is stopped and if find repeated then blacklist the contractors.

 

 

Employee Care

At the recruitment stage 2-3-year promotion, project allowance to everyone, opportunities to travel to foreign countries to attend conferences, seminars; to give the exposure of the outside world. Celebrations with the families on achieving milestones.

 

Keynote Address

Mr. J.D. Stuart Macaskie

Followed by the inaugural address from Mr. Sudhir, Mr. Stuart shared the very inspirational thoughts on the career vision and tips for growth.

 

He highlighted the point that “Better to avoid change but change is expected in a project and it is essential to manage the change and minimise the effects of those changes.” HSE – Health, Safety and Environment are the major factors for Project Managers.

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According to him, the risks are of two types - Fixed and variable risks. Classify average and high risks, decide what are you going to do with that risks. He advised to share the updates on risk analysis in monthly reports. The psychometric test should be part of the recruitment process while hiring seniors.
Mr. Kalyanaraman Vaidyanathan shared the great insights on Lean Construction - Eliminating waste
 

Mr. Kalyan insisted that the war room is negative term instead they do planning in Big Room. 6 weeks of rolling plan ahead of commitment cycle. Look ahead planning which helps in constraint analysis for future so that today's deliverables are met with.

 

He shared the ambiance where reds can be eliminated by getting paid on time, getting material on time etc.

 
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In Lean Construction industries labour movement is not preferred. Keeping idle labour is better than doing rework on getting them again. He said that they encourage experimentation innovation and failures. Only then one can learn and improve. Encourage a culture which is flat system based, with a good flow & collaboration.

He also explained about BIM Model: Building Information Modelling (BIM) is a digital representation of physical and functional characteristics of a facility. A BIM is a shared knowledge resource for information about a facility forming a reliable basis for decisions during its life-cycle; defined as existing from earliest conception to demolition. At last Lean is a journey not a magic. It also requires the right planning and execution.

Mr. Nimish Mehta, VP – Marketing and Communication, Honoured the sponsors for supporting PMI Bangalore India Chapter for organizing E & C Symposium.

 

Panel Discussion

PSS (Mr. P. S. Somasunder) moderated the Panel Discussion, “Overcoming Challenges in Construction Industry”. Discussion was very healthy and focused on the challenges construction industries are facing today. The dignitaries discussed how it is important in construction industry that the Quality and safety is never compromised.

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They touched on some thoughtful points, in our country carpenter does not want his son to become carpenter because there is no recognition. Recognize people for their job. Provide opportunity to get the staff trained in carpentry and the good benefits like accommodation, transportation etc. to build and maintain the dignity of job.

 

 

Mr. Gururaj said drawing is important in construction projects. Success of a project based on the right structure. Drawing in itself is the project so that the construction work should not get impacted. GFC: Good For Constructing drawings are the key.

 

Mr. Gopal shared his thoughts on the question that clients come up with. i.e is Project Management necessary? I don't need PM I will manage myself. Challenge is to get the right people and right contractor.

 

Various pillars cause the delay. Dependency on man power is the biggest challenge. Construction industry are highly dependent on that. Time has come where we have to go towards mechanization. And it is the time to go for more modularised thing. He shared a good example on pre designed material.

 

As per Mr. Manish Motwani: In Real state, 3 big challenges are:

1. Safety 2. Scheduling 3. Quality

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Change management is the big issue in construction industry which can be overcome by Mechanization. Team work is the key for successful project completion. Market research says the changing trend in industry to ensure timely delivery: modular and Residential, pre cast and steel structure.

 

Mr. Sushanta Singh Takhellambam shared the technical insights on Mumbai T2 Terminal and shared the complexity and strategy adopted for execution of T2 terminal master plan. He also highlighted and spoke on the challenges faced during Mumbai T2 Terminal. Some of which are:

• Enormous volume and little time to do the work

• Disrupt to airport operations were not allowed

• Landlocked

• Limited access to the airport premises

• Height Restriction

• Existing U/G services

• Security threats

• Logistic issues

 

Executional Challenges: Unique roof – First attempt of such roof in India

 

The construction of new rapid exit taxiways (RET) helped in increasing flight handling capacity

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Mr. Venugopal A.N. talked about individual attributes and leadership traits in an organization. Project Manager is a leader with varying skills to manage people from initiation feasibility to close out as per stakeholder requirement. Negotiator is a learning mind set.

 

“The P in PM is as much about 'people management' as it is about 'project management'.” - Cornelius Fichtner

 

The E&C Symposium was concluded with the valedictory address by Dr. Mangesh Korgaonker. He shared his knowledge and experience on Emerging Paradigms in assessing the performance of project management. He clarified the need of this new paradigm and golden triangle - scope, time and quality. Our view of assessing project management is changing. Time, cost, quality is already covered as part of project performance now.

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He suggested the new paradigms for project assessment by identifying and classifying the projects for different types i.e. Earth (Engineering), Water (Product Development), Air (Research and Development) & Fire (Application Software) with the help of Goal and Method Matrix.

 

He explained any project should be an Earth project to start with. He also explained how and by considering what parameters a fire project can be converted into an earth project. And shared the example of Milau Viaduct which was an air project and were available in theory. Dr. Mangesh suggested five frameworks and shared the statistics of their application in Milau Viaduct Project.

1. PMI Framework

2. CSF Framework

3. CSK Framework

4. Diamond Framework

5. Lean Project Management

The key take away from his session was to understand the type and nature of the projects. Nation building project are majorly depending on quality but time and cost can vary.

 
 

PM Poster Sessions

We had four expert speakers who shared their case studies and expertise to the audience.

 

Mr. B. R. Nagaraj of Home Inspektor showcased the service offering which is highly customizable and helps new home owners to audit and inspect their homes before occupation. The Home Inspektor is readily configurable service and is ably supported by highly qualified SMEs. Mr. Nagaraj explained the advantages of a structured approach in evaluating properties and ensuring they remain in impeccable condition.

 

Mr. Nambiappan of AACE International took project controls process to the next level by explaining in detail about how a standardized approach will help projects be successful. He explained with case study the application of the TCM framework which recognizes Earned Value Management as a tool for integrated projects control. Mr. Nambiappan explained the ANSI/EIA standard which is based on 32 criteria which are guidelines for implementing an EVMS based management system.

 

Mr. R. K. Gautham of responsecities.org made a very interesting presentation on how smart cities development agencies should pursue their objectives. He presented the interventions which are very necessary to ensure smart cities function smartly – for e.g. digitization, use of ICT and sensors, establishing command and control centers and lastly use of technology to create analytics through incessant data collection.

 

Mr. Tony Jacob, an experienced project management professional, demonstrated the importance of lean construction through his case study. According to him, systematic approach towards planning and awareness of the team on sequential project activities goes as long way in cutting down redundant activities and eliminating waste. Daily variance analysis helps in adjusting the project progress and ensuring continuity of long term goals. Risk planning is also the most essential component of this exercise which resulted lesser cost escalations.